Jennifer L. Bowen

Jennifer Bowen

Dean for Curriculum and Academic Engagement (DCAE), Associate Professor - Mathematics

Office: Galpin 110
Phone: 330-263-2008
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers


  • B.A., Boston College, 1998
  • M.S., The University of Virginia 2001
  • Ph.D., The University of Virginia 2005

Courses Taught at Wooster

  • Abstract Algebra I and II
  • Math in Contemporary Society
  • Basic Statistics
  • Calculus and Analytic Geometry I and II
  • Multivariate Calculus
  • First Year Seminar
  • Linear Algebra
  • Number Theory
  • Problem Seminar
  • Transitions to Advanced Mathematics

Recent Senior Theses Advised

  • The First Spacewalk: An Exploration of Mathematical and Cultural Implications of the Space Race  (Aidan Brown Math and Russian Studies, 2018)
  • The Earth-Moon Problem: A Study in Topological Graph Theory (Robert Gates, 2017)
  • Skilled Emigration, Return, and Human Capital Formation: A Game Theoretic Approach (Ruben Aguero Quinteros, Math and Economics, 2017)
  • Clear Communication: Construction and Implementation of Error-Correcting Codes (Alex Iudice, Math and Computer Science, 2017)
  • The Rubik's Cube: A Look into Group Theory (Tori McCoy, 2017)
  • A Comparative Analysis of Photon and Electron Wave Functions in Spherically Symmetric Potentials (Micheal Bush, Math and Physics, 2016)
  • Dirichlet Tesselations (Nakesha Newsome, 2016)
  • Set Theory Building: Numbers from Nothing (Philip Sizek, 2015)
  • An Examination of the Golden Ratio in Nature and Music (Marjorie Etheridge, 2015)
  • The Scope of Fractals: Geometry, Iteration, and Application (Sebastian Weber, 2015)
  • The Truth about Lie Symmetries (Ruth Steinhour, 2013)
  • Quaternions and Octonions (Erin Davison, 2013)
  • Extensions of the Farey Sequence and Ford Circles (Allie Webb, 2013)
  • Iteration Digraphs (Hannah Roberts, 2012)
  • Similarly Intriguing and Perspectively Odd: Fractal and Projective Geometry Explored in MC Escher's Art (Adam Trontz, 2012)
  • Tighten Up: A Preliminary Study of Knots (Louisa Catalano, Math and Physics, 2011)
  • Analyzing Insurgency SItuations with an Emphasis on the Effect of Intelligence: An Adaptation of the Lanchester Model (John Mullet, 2010)
  • Investigation of Dioxybenzone-Alcohol Complexes through Spectral Deconvolution and an Analysis of Symmetric Groups and Character Tables (Rachel Lipner, Math and BCMB, 2009)
  • Topics in Multivariate Statistical Theory (Robert Ashmead, 2009)
  • The 6,670,903,752,021,072,936,960 Reasons Why Sudoku is a Puzzle Worth Solving (Bethany Smith-Polderman, 2008)

Recent Publications

  • Michael Bush, Danielle Shepherd, Joseph Smith, Sarah Smith-Polderman, Jennifer Bowen and John Ramsay, "Braid computations for the crossing number of Klein links" Involve: A Journal in Mathematics, Volume 8, No. 1, 169-179 (2015).
  • Freund, David, Smith-Polderman, Sarah, "Klein Links and Braids". Rose-Hulman Undergraduate Mathematics Journal. Volume 14, No. 1, 2013. (Paper authored by Dr. Bowen's Knot Theory research students)
  • Bowen, J., "Intersectionality and My Practice of Teaching Mathematics" in Banks and Pliner (Eds). Teaching, Learning, and Intersecting Identities in Higher Education. New York: Peter Lang Academic Publishers (2012).
  • Dresden, G., Bowen, J., Paul, R., Instructor’s Solutions Manual to Accompany Jon Rogawski’s Calculus: Multivariable (2nd edition). New York: W.H. Freeman, 2012.
  • Roche, Jennifer, "On Jordan Ideals and Matrix Rings". Linear Algebra and its Applications. Volume 431 Issue 9, 2009.

Awards and Professional Memberships

  • MAA Problem Books Series Editorial Board (2015-2018)
  • Mathematical Association of America
  • Phi Beta Kappa


Jennifer Bowen, Professor of Mathematics, is serving as the Dean for Curriculum and Academic Engagement.

The Dean for Curriculum and Academic Engagement is responsible for maintaining the integrity of the academic program and for supporting curriculum development. The Dean is also responsible for creating opportunities for academic excellence for our students, leading student academic development, managing faculty advising, maintaining academic standards, and hearing student concerns related to teaching and program issues.

In collaboration with staff from Academic and Student Affairs, the Dean for Curriculum and Academic Engagement monitors the academic progress of students at risk, provides support to these students, and serves as a point of appeal for student petitions. The Dean also is responsible for the following areas:

  • Overseeing the curriculum and working with individual faculty and departments to develop optimal offerings of courses, including First-Year Seminar in Critical Inquiry and other interdisciplinary courses
  • Supporting faculty in curriculum development
  • Working with The Educational Policy Committee to develop and implement educational policies
  • Planning advising workshops for faculty in collaboration with the Academic Advising Office
  • Planning ARCH, the summer academic orientation, including summer reading assignment, for first-year students
  • Planning and coordinating the fall Forum series
  • Overseeing the Center for Academic Advising, Learning Center, and the Writing Center
  • Appointing the Scholarships and Fellowships Committee
  • Collaborating with the Center for Diversity and Inclusion on academic outreach programs to under-represented students
  • Collaborating with the Center for Diversity and Inclusion on diversification and globalization of the curriculum and on off-campus study programs